DR. JENN JACKSON
Asst. Prof | Author | Abolitionist
“Black Women Taught Us”
"As a mentor, I will teach you how to navigate the gatekeeping of the publishing industry (both in journalism and book writing). I will help design a roadmap to discovering a writing voice, finding one's publishing or academic lane, and getting published and paid. I will also instruct on the differences between academic and public-facing/trade writing. I can also advise on how to pitch articles to editors, how to write book proposals, how to write inquiries and cover letters/bios, and how to find a team (agent, speaker's bureau, publicist, etc)."
Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) (@jennmjacksonphd) is a queer androgynous Black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all Black people, and an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science. They are the author of the forthcoming book BLACK WOMEN TAUGHT US (2023) from Penguin Random House and the book POLICING BLACKNESS (UChicago Press, 2023). Jackson has been a columnist at Teen Vogue since 2018, penning articles on Blackness, intersectionality, racism, politics and culture in the United States. They have also been published at Al Jazeera, Washington Post, Marie Claire, Ebony Magazine, The Root, among many others.
Academically, Jackson’s research is in Black Politics with a focus on racial threat and trauma, gender and sexuality, Black Politics and Feminisms, and social movements. Jackson received their doctoral degree in Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2019. They are a native of Oakland, CA and will always represent their city.
"Dr. Jenn M. Jackson is dope. They fully embody liberatory educational and mentoring praxes. They're the kind to make the shortlist of my favorite theorists’ favorite mentors. Dr. Jackson was happy for me chart my own course for the year and also assigned me homework—which I love! Dr. J helped me identify a cycle that was scuttling my progress as a writer—and break it. I am unlocking greater knowledge of myself and of the publishing industry while working on some new manuscripts!"